As the European Commission organises an important conference on the future of Europe’s farming (July 13), environmental and farming groups are asking policy makers to make this a lucky day for the Common Agricultural Policy. European agriculture needs to move away from harmful and industrialised farming and towards greener and fairer farming practices that lead to rural vitality.
Halfway through its term in office, the European Commission is falling behind in the race to create sustainable long-term prosperity in Europe, warn Europe's leading green groups in a critical assessment of the Commission's environmental performance since 2010.
The first ever Belgian award for greenwashing was presented in Brussels today.
The prize is awarded to companies or organisations who present themselves as being greener than they really are. The prize was awarded during the 'Big Greenwash Circus', a conference about greenwashing which was organised by Climaxi, together with other organisations including Friends of the Earth Flanders & Brussels, Wervel, Fairfin, Corporate Europe Observatory, and 't Uilekot.
Proposals under discussion today for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy fall far short of what is needed to make European farming more green, says Friends of the Earth Europe.
A draft report by the European Parliament’s farming committee and a progress report from EU agriculture ministers represent latest developments in the debate, and both point towards legislation too weak to reform European farming policy on the scale needed. 
Friends of the Earth Europe along with the IFOAM EU Group and the Pesticide Action Network Europe held a conference on crop rotation and legume production in the European Parliament today. Agricultural scientists, farmers and campaigners came together to discuss the path to a more sustainable and resource efficient farming policy in Europe.
Negotiations to reform European agriculture are going in the wrong direction and will not halt the rapid collapse of biodiversity, warn Friends of the Earth Europe. The warning comes on the International Day of Biological Diversity and as the debate on the reform of European agricultural policy reaches a critical stage.
Over 100 civil society organisations, including Friends of the Earth Europe, wrote to the European Commission calling for the full climate impact of agrofuels, including indirect land use change, to be taken into account in two key pieces of EU legislation. The full letter can be downloaded on the right.
Released on the eve of a World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, a new report reveals widespread violations of people's rights and environmental destruction from a land grab initially funded by the World Bank in Uganda.
The Friends of the Earth Uganda report provides first-hand accounts from communities forced to give up their livelihoods, food supply and access to water.
Palm oil corporations Wilmar International and BIDICO, along with the Ugandan Government and the World Bank, have funded huge palm oil expansion on islands off the coast of Lake Victoria.
A quarter of the islands have already been planted with oil palm. Most of this land belonged to local communities and indigenous peoples.
Current proposals to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) fail to deliver our critical need for fairer and sustainable food and farming systems, a coalition of civil society groups warned MEPs today.
Friends of the Earth Europe commissioned a cartoon, and sent a letter to MEPs, demanding that the new CAP leads to a system which does not destroy other countries markets and which gives priority to fair prices for farmers and consumers, not to cheap exports, taking into account the costs of sustainable production in Europe.